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The "nones" are the most rapidly growing demographic group in the country, and the atheist community is growing faster than many major faiths. But, at least in the United States, it's nearly impossible to be elected to political office as a self-identified atheist. At what point will this change? When will we see an atheist President, and what will it take to make that happen? When will politicians start seeking favor with the atheist community in the same way they do, for example, with evangelicals? Will atheists ever take a unified stance on particular political issues (if so, which issues)? Or will atheists remain a diverse group with diverse political interests? What's the equivalent of atheists aligning their religious beliefs with their political agenda, as many Christians do?

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When Will We Have an Atheist President?

When Will We Have an Atheist President?

Adam Lee, Author, Activist, and Blogger, "Daylight Atheism"

Atheists and secularists in America are angry and frustrated at the Supreme Court's recent decisions, and it's natural to wonder when we'll have a government that heeds our wishes.

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Chris Hallquist, Blogger, "The Uncredible Hallq"

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Linda LaScola, Author, Independent Research Consultant, Blogger, "Rational Doubt"

I'm disappointed that President Obama is obviously not going to live up to my dream of proclaiming himself an atheist while in office.

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JT Eberhard, Activist and Blogger, "What Would JT Do?"

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John Shook, Author, Professor, and Blogger, "This Secular Life"

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The Challenge of Making Political Inroads

Hemant Mehta, Author and Blogger, "The Friendly Atheist"

In the religion popularity context, Atheists are in a statistical tie for last place. But there's hope.

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